Jamaica beat the United States 2-1 in their World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Kingston tonight.The Regage Boyz created history with the win at ‘the Office’, defeating their CONCACAF counterparts for the first time at the senior level.US opened the score less than a minute in the first half when Clint Dempsey collected from a rebound in front of the Jamaican goal and slotted into an empty net.The visitors held the on to the lead until the 24th minute when Rudolph Austin’s low, hard free kick took a deflection, beating US custodian and captain Tim Howard.The half ended one all.After the break Luton Shelton made it two for Jamaica shortly after the start.Read the rest of this story on the Jamaicaobserver.com
Jim Irsay, the enigmatic owner of the Indianapolis Colts, followed the wayward path of many NFL players: He failed a sobriety test, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of multiple prescription drugs.Irsay faces discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell—who, in essence, works for Irsay—was released from jail Monday after being held overnight.Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say the 54-year-old Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested, though details were not released.Carmel police said the drugs found in Irsay’s vehicle weren’t associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside.Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bryant Orem said. A hearing is scheduled for March 26.If convicted on the felony charges, Irsay could face six months to three years in prison on each count. So-called Schedule IV drugs such as those with which Irsay was allegedly caught include Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien, with a low risk for abuse or dependency, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.Irsay was released from the Hamilton County Jail after posting $22,500 bond.An NFL spokesman says he is subject to discipline. Myra Borshoff Cook, a spokeswoman for Irsay, declined to comment, and Colts spokesman Avis Roper said the team was still gathering details.”The team will issue additional statements when the facts are sorted and we are aware of the next steps to this process,” Roper said. ”Many fans have reached out to express their concern and we appreciate their support.”The case has some similarities to that of Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand, who was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 in 2010 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following his guilty plea to driving while impaired.Irsay is a popular and colorful figure in Indianapolis, frequently interacting with fans on Twitter about everything from the fortunes of the Colts to his favorite music of the day. He was a key supporter in the drive to bring the Super Bowl to Indianapolis two years ago, and he helped build the Colts into an AFC powerhouse over the past decade behind quarterback Peyton Manning, now with Denver.When the Colts were forced into rebuilding mode, Irsay painfully parted with Manning and other veterans, but put together another winning team behind young quarterback Andrew Luck and others.
Junior midfielder David Planning (12) fights for position during a game against Penn State March 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 11-8.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternPlaying in the confines of Ohio Stadium, the No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was unable to achieve the same outcome the football team did this fall — beat Penn State.Despite playing on the biggest stage campus has to offer, the Buckeyes (1-3, 0-0) couldn’t recover from a strong second half output by the No. 9 Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-0), allowing seven of the 11 Penn State goals after halftime to lose 11-8.The matchup started out as a defensive struggle, as both goalies stayed strong between the pipes throughout the first quarter.The Buckeyes had the lone score in the opening frame when junior midfielder David Planning fired a shot past the Nittany Lions’ senior goalkeeper Austin Kaut.The second quarter began with both teams trading goals as senior midfielder Tom LaCrosse got Penn State on the board, but OSU sophomore attackman Carter Brown answered with a goal of his own to regain the lead for the Buckeyes.The lead was short lived, however, as the Nittany Lions scored three goals before halftime to gain momentum heading into the break.Penn State rode that momentum into the third quarter and came out firing on all cylinders. Before five minutes passed, the Nittany Lions had tallied three more goals to take a commanding 7-2 lead and force the Buckeyes to call a timeout.“They came out and saw what we were doing,” OSU senior goalie Greg Dutton said after the loss. “We were a little bit slower and didn’t make the adjustments we needed to.”Buckeye junior midfielder Jesse King came out of that timeout ready to lead a comeback. He scored four goals over the final 20 minutes, but the Buckeyes only got as close as two the rest of the way.Nittany Lion senior attackman Shane Sturgis scored four goals of his own in the second half, helping to keep the Buckeyes at bay.OSU coach Nick Myers credited Penn State’s ability to switch defenses as a reason the Buckeyes’ offense became stagnant at times.“They played a variation of man and zone,” Myers said. “As they were getting into one defense or the other, it causes you to adjust. I think at times we did a nice job of it (adjusting) and at times we didn’t.”Faceoffs have been a recurring problem so far for OSU this season, and were again an issue for the Buckeyes Saturday as they won only six of 22 opportunities. With that many offensive opportunities, Dutton did his best to thwart the Nittany Lion attack by recording 12 saves.“I told him (Dutton) he had a courageous effort in there,” Myers said. “He stood tall.”Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the Buckeyes did what they could to get things back even in the second half, but ultimately came up short.“We showed a lot of poise in the second half, but those lapses that we showed at the beginning of quarters can’t happen,” he said.The rough start to the season is not what OSU had in mind, but Myers said his team is capable of turning it around.“For this team, it’s not necessarily how we drew it up at this point,” Myers said. “This is a hungry group still and a team that has a lot of potential.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Hempstead, N.Y., Saturday to take on Hofstra at 1 p.m.
OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State announced Monday that head coach Urban Meyer had fired wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith after his ex-wife filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him Monday. While addressing the media at the podium at the 2018 Big Ten Media Days, Meyer said he was aware of the 2009 incident involving Smith when he was an intern under him at Florida. A Gainesville, Florida police report states Smith was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Meyer said he was contacted about the situation in 2009 and stands by Smith, despite terminating him from his role. “We’re certainly not going to investigate,” Meyer said. “It came back to me that what was reported wasn’t actually what happened.” The police report obtained by The Lantern states that Smith, “grabbed the victim by her t-shirt, picked her up and threw her into a bedroom wall.”Meyer said he would not get into specifics on what happened in the alleged incident involving Smith, saying, “The decision was made. I think the details I’m obligated to give, I gave.” This is the first time Meyer had to fire one of his assistant coaches. Meyer referenced this, mentioning turnover in terms of promotions from assistant coaches to head coaches or promotions to the NFL. Despite the situation, Meyer praised his coaching staff, saying the coaches are well-equipped to take over in the present after Smith’s firing. “This is the best group of young coaches I’ve had on both sides of the ball,” Meyer said. “And they’re very involved with our preparation game plan and development of our players.” Meyer said that the coaching change will be addressed and released in the coming week.
Dr Khan said the upturn in state school entries showed its efforts to increase applications from under-represented groups were “bearing fruit”. Oxford has offered 59.2 per cent of places to state school pupils this year, though the final figure for acceptances has yet to be confirmed, the BBC reported.This compares with 55.6 per cent last year, 51.4 per cent in 2005 and 48.1 per cent in 1995. Parliamentary figures show that in 1961 just a third of entrants were from state schools. ‘Intense political pressure on elite universities’ The revelations followed intense political pressure on elite universities to increase their uptake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.Former Prime Minister, David Cameron, led calls for Oxford University, which he attended, to take more ethnic minority students as figures revealed Oxford had only taken 27 black undergraduates in 2014.Earlier this year it emerged University College was to increase offers by 10 per cent solely for minority students in efforts to widen access. More pupils from state schools will be among the intake at Oxford University this autumn than any time in the last 40 years. Six in 10 places at the university will come from a state-educated background, up almost 10 per cent on just over a decade ago. The record numbers followed calls for leading universities to accept pupils from a wider range of backgrounds.Dr Samina Khan, head of undergraduate admissions at Oxford, said they took responsibilities of diversity “incredibly seriously”. Last year its colleges worked with 3,400 schools on around 3,000 “outreach” projects. Professor Les Ebdon, director of fair access to higher education, welcomed the new data as “good news”. He said efforts to widen access at Oxford University were “a result of the long-term, sustained outreach work that [Oxford] have been doing to attract more applications from disadvantaged students”.But Prof Ebdon said British society was less socially mobile than four decades ago.He told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: “One of the puzzles is how can we restore the mobility, and there are theories about that.”’Commitment to diversifying Oxford’Dr Kahn at Oxford University said: ‘We take our commitment to diversifying Oxford incredibly seriously – our work in recent years especially through initiatives like our UNIQ summer school for state school students has been about targeting the students and schools that are most under-represented at Oxford.“These figures, along with our continuing progress towards our access agreement targets for disadvantaged groups of students, are a positive indication that all our work is bearing fruit. That we are seeing progress during a time of potentially destabilising changes to university fees, school curriculum and qualifications is all the more encouraging.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Later, Mr Curtis unilaterally decided the agreed fee had been £150,000. Setting out his side of the bargain, Allardyce said: “Just know, it’s just delivering, for you, it’s just delivering value for money… they’ve got to enjoy the time they’ve had, enjoy the conversation. Not just the keynote speech but also in the bar after. During the meeting he remarked that Sir Alex Ferguson gets “four hundred, five hundred grand a pop” for speaking engagements, while Robbie Williams got “£1.6 million for a wedding. Just singing”.Less than 20 minutes into the meeting with total strangers, Allardyce had agreed, in principle, to a £400,000-a-year deal to represent a company he had never heard of. The England manager insisted he would deliver “value for money” in helping to attract investors, boasting of his popularity in the Orient. “It’s not only the England manager,” he said, “it’s the beauty of being a Premier League manager all them years like me… I have more pictures taken over there than I have here.” In return, he wanted £100,000 for each trip to the Far East, a figure that went up to £150,000 after an intervention by his agent, Mark Curtis. Naturally, first-class flights and accommodation would also be provided. Sam Allardyce appeared uncomfortable with the conversation and at one point, put a napkin over his faceCredit:Telegraph Shane Moloney, financial advisor to Sam Allardyce, leaves a meeting in London in AugustCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Last week, Allardyce held a second meeting with the fictitious firm’s representatives, this time at Wing’s Cantonese restaurant in Manchester. Around the table were Allardyce, Mr McGarvey and two undercover reporters. Allardyce stressed that before he could sign a contract with the Far East firm, he would have to clear it with the FA, but already he was discussing dates when he could fly out.“We finish our fixtures in early November,” he said, “so between the middle of November and the beginning of March, if you leave Christmas and New Year out, I can fit the dates in then.”Mr McGarvey later turned to the subject of paying people to help secure business, to the deep discomfort of the England boss. Allardyce put a napkin over his head and said: “Oh, oh, you’re not, do not, I haven’t heard that. I haven’t heard that, you stupid man. What are you talking about? You idiot. You can have that conversation when I’m not here.”Later still in the three-hour meal, Mr McGarvey said: “At the end of the day Sam, they know, if I’m going to talk to you about a player, you’re going to advise, you’re going to do whatever. You’re not here for, this is the football. You’re here because, you’re advising on the group, whatever [undercover reporter] wants you to do in that sense. Not football.” Later the conversation turned back to the work of the mysterious company that was to start supplementing the England manager’s salary. “The thing they’re talking about is funding football transfers, aren’t you?” Mr Moloney asked the undercover reporter. The third party ownership of players was outlawed by the FA in 2008 and by Fifa in 2015, and an affirmative answer from the reporter prompted Allardyce’s agent Mr Curtis to ask: “Is that third party ownership a problem though?” Sam Allardyce insisted he would deliver ‘value for money’ in helping to attract investorsCredit:Telegraph “Not on the football side, no,” Allardyce replied. “If you were buying players, that would be no. Because I couldn’t associate my name with any of that.”His agent said: “It’s important that we get that out there rather than anyone being misled or disappointed.”Allardyce was, though, happy to be paid by the firm on a “loose basis” to speak at “intimate” functions and then spend time with carefully selected investors in the bar afterwards.Mr Moloney said: “I know Singapore, China, the idea of an England manager out there in China. Huge. And that’s … that’s the value of it. They’ll come just to be there. To hear him,” he added. “He’s a brilliant speaker. Loves it.”And there was a potential for a closer relationship in years to come, Mr Curtis said. He said that when Allardyce’s time as England manager ended, “that relationship can grow down the line”. Mr Curtis insisted that “there’s no way he will do anything that would compromise himself or the position that he’s got – bring any embarrassment on any employer”. He added that Allardyce would “have to run it past the powers that be” before he could commit to anything, and said: “Now, there might be a different role down the line when he is no longer involved at the FA, whether it’s two years, four years or wherever, but it’s always good to have relationships, for sure.”Allardyce said: “That loose basis that we talked about will be OK – it’ll be all right. I’m not putting myself in a position that the papers can investigate, cause me a problem, or the FA could.”Introducing the subject of money, Mr Moloney said: “And the fees will be sensible?” Allardyce chipped in: “Your guys set the agenda out of what it would look like. Me flying out on a day, landing in Hong Kong or Singapore, staying in this hotel, meeting these people, doing that keynote speech, travelling back either two days later or one day later. If I get there first day, I don’t want to fly in and fly out.”Asked to name a figure, Mr Curtis joked: “I’d want a million pound but I mean you’re not going to pay that.” He went on: “To do that, you pay first class travel, and a hotel. And I would have thought, a hundred thousand pounds.” Also present was Allardyce’s financial adviser, Shane Moloney, from the chartered accountancy firm Shipleys. Mr Moloney told the undercover reporters: “The way I see it working is this: what you want to do, is to have Sam as the attraction, that brings investors into the fold. So he could talk about football for 15 minutes.”Allardyce agreed: “Keynote speaking, that’s what I’d be doing, keynote speaking. I’m a keynote speaker.”Mr Curtis explained that the role would only conflict with Allardyce’s day job if he was advising on players and transfers. Allardyce replied: “But you slipped up tonight. You can’t go there any more. You can’t pay a player, you can’t pay a manager, you can’t pay a CEO. It used to happen 20 odd years ago, 30 years ago. “You can’t do it now. You can’t do it now. Don’t ever go there.” Mr McGarvey said: “No, no I wouldn’t go down there.”Allardyce went on: “This place is so tight, now. It’s, you just daren’t even think about it. We all know how deals get brokered in every business. You know someone in the town hall, you know what I mean, and he gets you planning. Know what I mean?… but not here, not in football now.”A spokesman for Mr McGarvey said: “There is little doubt that the lure of the project and his role in it has resulted in our client providing colourful information to enhance and secure his role as was being offered to him … our client does not accept that he made statements about apparently improper behaviour.”Exclusive investigation: England manager Sam Allardyce for saleWhat he said about the football world: Allardyce mocks Hodgson and criticises others “I don’t come in like a lot of them, come in, right bang, you’re off. Do you know what I mean? That’s the end of that, done that, I’m off. I’m going to stand at the bar, have a few social drinks.”Later the conversation turned back to the work of the mysterious company that was to start supplementing the England manager’s salary. “The thing they’re talking about is funding football transfers, aren’t you?” Mr Moloney asked the undercover reporter.The third party ownership of players was outlawed by the FA in 2008 and by Fifa in 2015, and an affirmative answer from the reporter prompted Allardyce’s agent Mr Curtis to ask: “Is that third party ownership a problem though?” “It’s not a problem,” Allardyce replied, naming agents he said “have been doing it for years”. He did, however, express an apparent nervousness about being publicly linked to the firm. One of the undercover reporters asked if it could bill the England manager as its “strategic adviser”. The meeting at the May Fair Hotel on August 19 – less than a month after Allardyce was hired as England manager – was arranged by football agent Scott McGarvey, a friend of Allardyce since the days when both were footballers. He, too, thought he was going to be employed by the fictitious Far East firm. “In principle it’s OK,” Allardyce added. “The fact that I’m going to be turning up on four occasions throughout the year, doing meet and greets and nothing else, so it’s not, nobody’s going to come back to me and say ‘I met Sam and I invested in this, this portfolio, and he told me to go and buy these young players, and that young player’, and that’s, you know. So they can’t blame me, do you know what I mean?”Allardyce did not appear to have considered the potential conflict of interest that would arise if players part-owned by the Far East firm were selected to play for England, raising their value and increasing profits for the firm’s investors. “It’s not a problem,” Allardyce replied, naming agents he said “have been doing it for years”. Third party ownership involves a company or individual acquiring the economic rights of particular players and then being entitled to a portion, or the entirety, of the sell-on fee each time they are transferred between clubs.The rules explicitly outlaw any entity that is not a club from having “any rights” in relation to the transfer of a player. But during the meeting, which lasted barely an hour, Allardyce explained a way around the rules. If the company were to have an agent working for it, then that agent could represent the individual players and so benefit from the financial rewards of a transfer.“You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee, that the agent pays to you, the company,” he said, pointing out that such portions could now amount to “millions and millions of pounds.” He suggested: “You need somebody … to be dedicated to that department … For many investment companies now, it’s quite lucrative.”He had agreed to the meeting even before he had got round to speaking to his England players. On August 22, three days after the meeting, he told the BBC that he had not spoken in person to any of the squad, as “if I speak to one I’ll have to speak to absolutely everybody”. Sam Allardyce, centre, with his financial advisor Shane Moloney, left, his agent Mark Curtis, second left, and football agent and former player Scott McGarvey at a meeting in London in AugustCredit:Telegraph CORRECTION: This article inaccurately reported that in conversation with undercover reporters posing as a sports management company, Sam Allardyce, the then England Manager, had set out a model by which a third party could benefit financially from “sell on fees”. While Mr Allardyce had suggested a way that a third party could share in the financial rewards of a transfer, he had made clear that a third party could not take a portion of the transfer fee. This correction has been published following a complaint upheld in part by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.He had not yet taken charge of his first international match, or even his first training session, but already another pressing matter was on Sam Allardyce’s agenda: how to make as much money as possible from his new status as England manager.The job comes with a salary of £3 million per year, plus bonuses, but as Allardyce sat down to a meeting in a May Fair hotel he was eager to explore ways of earning even more.On the table was an offer for Allardyce to fly to Singapore and Hong Kong four times a year to address investors in a Far East firm that wanted to buy football players. Allardyce, 61, was unperturbed by the fact that the firm – in reality a fictitious company whose representatives were undercover Telegraph reporters – was proposing third party ownership of players, in contravention of Football Association and Fifa rules. 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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Prince Philip leaves after attending a Christmas day church service in Sandringham, England, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. A heavy cold is kept the Queen from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service Credit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP But police who were waiting for them at King’s Cross station and in King’s Lynn were stood down shortly before their train was due to leave.Instead the couple were flown directly from Buckingham Palace to Sandringham by helicopter the following day.The 110 twin-engined Sikorsky S-76C helicopter from The Queen’s Helicopter Flight with a top speed of 178mph took just 40 minutes to make the 110 mile flight.Buckingham Palace was forced to confirm that the Queen had not died this week after hoaxers announced her ‘death’ in a fake BBC Twitter account. It is thought the Queen has not been seen going around the 20,000-acre Royal estate in Norfolk as she often does when in residence.However Prince Philip is said to have joined other members of the Royal family on their traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot. The Queen and the Prince were forced to cancel their plans to travel up to Sandringham on December 21 at the last minute due to their illness.The couple, who traditionally spend their Christmas and New Year Break on the estate, were due to catch a train as usual from London to King’s Lynn. The Queen may miss the annual New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham, with a decision expected to be taken on Sunday morning on whether she is well enough to attend.The 90-year-old monarch has not been seen in public for 11 days since she and Prince Philip fell ill with what was officially described as “heavy colds”.The illness forced the Queen to miss the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham for the first time in 28 years. Sandringham House and lake near Kings Lynn, Norfolk Credit:Rod Edwards/Alamy Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark’s ChurchCredit:Andrew Matthews/AP Philip, 95, who is known for his robust health, was well enough to attend and walked briskly to the church as usual on Christmas morning with Prince Charles, Prince Harry and other family members.But a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm or deny if the Queen would be going to the 16th century church today on New Year’s Day, adding: “The Queen is continuing to recover from her heavy cold and is still in residence at Sandringham.””We probably will not know what is happening until the morning.”If the Queen does attend church, it is possible she will be joined by Prince William and wife Kate who spent Christmas with the Middleton family in Berkshire.The Queen and Philip are believed to have spent most of the last week staying indoors together at Sandringham House in north Norfolk.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A pre-sentence report said he posed a risk of serious harm to women.The judge said: “You still deny any responsibilities for your actions, saying they have lied to get you wrongly convicted.”Outside court, Detective Chief Inspector Warren Shepheard said: “This is the most harrowing, disturbing, complex case I have dealt with in my 25 years’ service.” “Paranoid” Dunn imprisoned and raped a second female victim, subjecting her to repeated violence, and filled his house with cameras, locks on the outside of doors and alarms.He also groomed and sexually assaulted another vulnerable teenager in the 1990s, giving her alcohol and cigarettes.She told her mother what happened but when police investigated, Dunn got witnesses to lie and the victim was told her complaint was not going any further.In a Victim Personal Statement, the complainant said that following Dunn’s conviction, “I know I have been believed and that means so much to me”.Dunn also raped a girl aged 10 or 11 when he was 19, telling her “this is what boyfriends and girlfriends do” and said she was not to tell anyone.Years later, after she had told her mother, Dunn threatened to have her prosecuted for slander.The girl who was hidden said in her statement she had suffered from nightmares and she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.The woman Dunn raped said she had suffered depression, anxiety and panic attacks.Rod Hunt, defending, said Dunn was undergoing tests for cancer, and partly blamed his client’s violence and sexual offending on his alcoholism.Judge Briggs told Dunn, a father-of-six, he had a “volcanic temper, particularly when you are in drink”.The court heard Dunn lived in Greater Manchester, Cambridgeshire, Newcastle and finally Redcar before he was arrested.The judge said the case was horrific and described it as “repellent” that he would pick on a girl who had already been abused. The cavity that Michael Dunn used to hide the runaway girl from policeCredit:Cleveland Police The ‘hidey hole’ in the home of violent paedophile Michael Dunn, which he used to conceal a girl he was abusing Credit:PA Dunn wept in the dock during the sentencing, which followed his conviction for 10 rapes, three charges of false imprisonment and three charges of indecent assault after a trial in January.Jurors were told that Dunn used a bag of dust and a panel to camouflage the hole where the girl was kept, concealing her from the police on eight or nine occasions.Judge Briggs said previous reporting was wrong to liken the case to that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who kept family members captive, as Dunn’s runaway victim wanted to be hidden from the authorities.Richard Bennett, prosecuting, said Dunn knew the girl had already been sexually abused by a relative when he raped her, cynically telling her that she had had sex “before so she knew how it felt”. A violent paedophile who made a “hidey hole” in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing has been jailed for 27 years for a string of serious sex offences.Michael Dunn, 57, from Redcar, knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity which he used to hide the girl – who had run away from home – from the police.He preyed on four victims, raping one aged just 10 or 11, over a period of decades, Teesside Crown Court heard.Judge Tony Briggs said: “The history reveals you to be a devious, manipulative and controlling man with a strong urge to dominate.” His kept his two German shepherd dogs near the hidey hole to put off the police from looking too hard for her, the court heard.
He famously first encountered his future girlfriend when he auditioned for the The X Factor as a fresh-faced 14-year-old.Nine years later, Liam Payne is dating former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl and they are expecting a baby together.Now the One Direction star has broken his silence over his relationship with Cheryl to confirm what many suspected: she was his teenage crush when they first met in 2008. But he had much better things to say about pop star Justin Bieber, who has often fallen foul of the media over his handling of fame. Payne added: “She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it’s amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things – someone who’s taken greater steps than me.”Her solo career was amazing. She’s been in the industry for 14 years now. She fully supports me.”We’re super happy. It’s a very personal, precious time for us. I’m still learning. I’m only 23.”Last month, Cheryl showed off a prominent baby bump at a Prince’s Trust event. Payne also shared that he and his bandmates once angered US President Donald Trump before he came to power because they refused to get out of bed for his daughter.He said: “Donald Trump actually kicked us out of his hotel once. You wouldn’t believe it. It was about [meeting] his daughter.”He phoned up our manager and we were asleep. He said, ‘Well, wake them up’ and I was like ‘No’ and then he wouldn’t let us use the underground garage.”Obviously in New York we can’t really go outside. New York is ruthless for us. So he was like, ‘OK, then I don’t want you in my hotel.’ So we had to leave.” “I like you, I think you’re really cute,” Cheryl told the aspiring young singer afterwards. “I think you’ve got charisma: I saw you giving us that cheeky little wink.”Payne did not make it to the live shows that year, but returned to try once more in 2010 – and the rest, for One Direction fans, is history. I like you, I think you’re really cute. I think you’ve got charismawhat Cheryl told Liam Payne in 2008 Speaking for the first time about their romance, Payne, now 23, said that Cheryl was his “dream girl” when he was younger.”In a non-cliche way, it’s weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream,” Payne told Rollacoaster magazine. “This is the thing. You wake up in the most beautiful places.”Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the world and she’s absolutely amazing. She’s been my dream girl since I was younger. She’s so ace.”He first met 33-year-old Cheryl when he auditioned in front of her for The X Factor when she was 24 and married at the time to footballer Ashley Cole.Payne serenaded her and the other judges with his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon – winking at his future girlfriend halfway through. Payne and Cheryl first began dating last year following her separation from her former husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.The couple are now dating and expecting a baby together, although neither of them has spoken about their romance before. Cheryl changed her birth surname Tweedy to Cole when she married Ashley Cole in 2006 and then became Cheryl Fernandez-Versini following her marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2014.The pair were granted a decree nisi in October in their divorce proceedings. She now goes by the mononym Cheryl. Cheryl shows off her baby bump at Prince’s Trust eventCredit:L’Oreal Payne said: “He’s a great guy – inside there’s a really good heart. I said, ‘Look, the difference between me and you is I had four different boys going through the same thing to look to.’ He didn’t have that.”I said to him, ‘Take my number and any time you want a chat, let me know as I’m here and I understand exactly what you’re going through and I understand your world.’ He needs somebody like that and in that position.” Cheryl and Liam Payne pictured in London last NovemberCredit:Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Willow seems to have settled in well, hopefully she will be Flaviu soon:-) #romanceisintheair pic.twitter.com/3dZRonF7sq— Dartmoor Zoo (@DartmoorZoo) December 7, 2016 A rare bird of prey has escaped from Dartmoor Zoo, nine months after a Lynx ran free from the same place.Wendy, a nine year-old striated caracara, made her escape on Monday.This frustrated keepers who had finally found her a mature male to mate with.Wendy, whose species is native to the Falkland Islands and the tip of South America , is said to have flown ‘down-stream’ and ‘lost her bearings’ after a gust of wind during exercising. Farmers hunted them to near-extinction in the Falklands during the early part of last century but there numbers have since recovered.David Buncle, bird of prey specialist at Dartmoor Zoo, said: “She’s very inquisitive so may approach houses or people.”She’s got enough body fat to survive by herself for a few days, but the main concern is getting her back safe”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The escape comes just nine months after the zoo’s missing Lynx was found following a three week search.Escaped lynx Flaviu, from Dartmoor Zoological Park, was finally captured after killing four lambs on farmland. Flaviu escaped the day after arriving at the zoo from Port Lympne in Kent. Keepers arrived to find that the wildcat – similar in size to a Labrador – had chewed through a board in the wall.
Two men have died after a crane collapsed on a building site in Crewe, police said.Another man, believed to be the crane driver, was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital with serious injuries, which Cheshire Police said were not thought to be life threatening. The occupants of a house damaged by the falling crane were not injured.Chief Superintendent Matt Welsted said: “This is a truly tragic incident, and our deepest condolences go out to the families affected at this extremely difficult time.”This is a multi-agency operation and we are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive, Local Authority, and Building Control to establish the full circumstances of the incident, however I would like to reassure members of the public that nobody else is at risk.”A residential property has been damaged as a result of the incident, the occupants were not injured and were checked over by medical professionals. They have since been relocated while the investigation continues.”The bodies of those who have sadly lost their lives will shortly be recovered from the scene. I would ask that anybody who may have any footage of the scene, to please respect the families of those involved.”Any footage that you believe could help officers with their inquiries, please send to our public contact email to allow us to effectively investigate the incident.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service said its crews had released one casualty, a man believed to be the crane driver, who was taken to hospital by air ambulance following the incident on Wednesday afternoon.In a statement, Cheshire Police said: “At 4.30pm on Wednesday, police were called to a newbuild site near Morrisons in Dunwoody Way in Crewe following reports of a collapsed crane.”The crane collapsed trapping three people underneath. Emergency services are working at the scene. One man has been airlifted to hospital with unconfirmed injuries.”Dunwoody Way is closed at its junction of West Street near to Morrisons. The Health and Safety Executive have been informed.”Firefighters were still at the scene on Wednesday evening and a building inspector had been asked to attend.
Doctors are handing these drugs out like sweets.Prof Tim Spector, King’s College London, author of The Diet Myth Both PPIs and H2 blockers are prescribed for serious medical conditions such as upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding, gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal cancer.Over-the-counter PPIs are most often used for heartburn and indigestion.The researchers found a 25 per cent increased risk of death in the PPI group compared with the H2 blocker group.They calculated that, for every 500 people taking PPIs for a year, there is one extra death that would not have otherwise occurred. “No matter how we sliced and diced the data from this large data set, we saw the same thing: there’s an increased risk of death among PPI users,” said study senior author Doctor Ziyad Al-Aly, an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in the United States.”People have the idea that PPIs are very safe because they are readily available, but there are real risks to taking these drugs, particularly for long periods of time. Heartburn drugs taken by millions could raise the risk of dying early, a large study suggests.The drugs which are known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs – have previously been linked to a variety of health problems, including serious kidney damage, bone fractures and dementia.The NHS issues more than 50 million prescriptions each year for the medication which is used to treat heartburn, ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems, but researchers say it may be time to restrict the use of the tablets.The drugs also are available over the counter under brand names including Prilosec, Prevacid and Zegerid .Researchers examined medical records of more than 275,000 PPI users and nearly 75,000 people who took another class of drugs – known as H2 blockers – to reduce stomach acid. The drugs may shorten telomeres, which sit on the end of chromosomes and perform a role similar to the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces, say researchers Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “There needs to be periodic re-assessments as to whether people need to be on these. Most of the time, people aren’t going to need to be on PPIs for a year or two or three.”Dr Al-Aly said over-the-counter PPIs contain the same chemical compounds as in prescription PPIs, just at lower doses, and there is no way to know how long people stay on them.Previous studies have found that the drugs raise the risk of hip fractures by 35 per cent and a heart attack by 20 per cent. Last year German scientists found the drugs increase the risk of dementia by 44 per cent.Prof Tim Spector of King’s College London, author of The Diet Myth, who recently showed that people taking PPIs had abnormal gut microbe communities that predisposed them to infections said: “Doctors are handing these drugs out like sweets. I would say around 50 per cent of people don’t actually need to be on them.“This is an observational study and on it’s own maybe doesn’t mean a lot but when you start adding it to all the other research it starts to add up.“These drugs were developed before people even thought about what was happening in your gut.” Given the millions of people take PPIs regularly, Dr Al-aly said this could translate into thousands of excess deaths every year.Dr Al-Aly said that although the recommended treatment regimen for most PPIs is short – for example, two to eight weeks for ulcers – many people end up taking the drugs for months or years.”A lot of times people get prescribed PPIs for a good medical reason, but then doctors don’t stop it and patients just keep getting refill after refill after refill,” he added. Researchers say people often stay on the pills for too long because they are available over-the-counterCredit:Jessica & Paul Jones “If I needed a PPI, I absolutely would take it. But I wouldn’t take it willy-nilly if I didn’t need it. And I would want my doctor to be monitoring me carefully and take me off it the moment it was no longer needed.” The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, concluded: “Emerging evidence suggests that PPIs may boost the risk of tissue damage arising from normal cellular processes, known as oxidative stress, as well as the shortening of telomeres, which sit on the end of chromosomes and perform a role similar to the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces.”However the Proprietary Association of Great Britain, which represents firms making over-the-counter drugs, said: “All over-the-counter medicines have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and are rigorously assessed for safety and efficacy.”Once on the market, their safety is continually monitored in light of any emerging evidence. Those who may be concerned should speak to their GP or pharmacist before taking any medicine.”
She said: “Dagmara often talked to me about her problems and she was hurt if someone said something unpleasant to her.”Mrs Przybysz said she understood her daughter had been having a problem with one girl who had “called Dagmara names”.”I don’t know exactly what was said,” she said. “This incident occurred only a few days before Dagmara passed away … I don’t know whether these incidents were racist in nature; however, I can say that on several occasions she overheard comments such as ‘stupid Pole’.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dagmara Przybysz was an aspiring photographer Dagmara Przybysz’s mother described her as a “very beautiful lady” Answering questions from Dale Collins, who represents Pool Academy, Mr and Mrs Przybysz – who are not represented at the hearing – said pupils had made racist comments to Dagmara “a few times” in the last few months.She added: “We think the biggest problem for Dagmara was not racism, but bullying.” A teenage girl found hanged in toilets at her school had suffered “racist” bullying about being Polish, an inquest has heard. Dagmara Przybysz, 16, an aspiring photographer who was looking forward to her year 11 prom and shopping for a dress with her mother, died at Pool Academy on May 17, 2016.Today the inquest into her death heard she had been having trouble with some girls at her school and had previously told her parents and her boyfriend that she had overheard classmates making racist comments.In a statement, Dagmara’s mother, Ewelina, said her daughter, who was a “very beautiful lady”, got on better with boys, and most of her friends, including her boyfriend, went to another school. The inquest heard that Dagmara had been having trouble with some girls at her school and had previously told her parents and her boyfriend that she had overheard classmates making racist comments “My wife and I kept wondering whether we should have kept Dagmara home that day, but there was no physical sign that she had taken any tablets, otherwise we would have taken her to hospital,” he added.The family lived in Redruth and Dagmara, who had a place at Truro College to study photography, and her younger sister went to Pennoweth Primary School where they “very quickly learned English” but were the “first Polish children to attend the school”, the inquest heard.Pastoral support worker at Pool Academy, Susan Kent, said: “To the best of my knowledge, Dagmara never mentioned any problems with racism to me or any other person at school.”Ms Kent described an incident in January 2015 when Dagmara and her sister arrived at school upset.She said: “[They] told me their mum had been very angry and shouted at them because Dagmara had lost her phone the day before.”She said that on another occasion Dagmara came to school with a bruise on her head.Other teachers described Dagmara as being friendly, happy, very sporty and a “lovely girl”, but said she was worried about her exams and had concerns that she may have dyslexia.The inquest, expected to last up to three days before Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon, continues. Lewis Simpson, Dagmara’s boyfriend, said they met at primary school and had dated on and off since they were 14.Lewis said Dagmara told him that other pupils made racist comments to her such as “go back to your own country” and he said: “I think it got to her a little bit.”Cornwall Coroner’s Court, sitting in Truro, heard Dagmara was taken to hospital by her uncle, Tomasz Dobek, the day before she died after injuring herself by punching a wall during a PE lesson when she became angry because she said some girls were laughing at her.Mr Dobek said during the drive to the hospital they saw two girls in Pool Academy uniforms and she had said to him: “Can you run them over?”, but that he did not take the comment seriously.Mr Dobek said Dagmara phoned him the following morning at around 6.20am while he was at a fish factory where he and both of her parents worked nights, crying and saying she had taken some tablets. Dagmara’s father, Jedrzej, said: “She said she had problems at school which I would not understand.” He added it did not look like she had taken tablets and they sent her to school.
He added: “The Highway Code is based on a lot of assumptions, a clear road, perfect brakes, perfect weather. It is a theoretical scenario and there are many variants that could affect it but we wanted to highlight the importance of the thinking time component.”RAC spokesman Rod Dennis described the new figures as striking and called for them to be taken seriously.He said: “From time to time, new evidence will come to light that means it is necessary to update the Highway Code and perhaps this is one such instance.”While the ability for cars to be able to brake more quickly has improved, our reaction times clearly haven’t.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Highway Code should be updated because its stopping distances are woefully short and underestimate drivers’ thinking time, campaigners say.The charity Brake said that distractions in cars, such as using mobile phones, bad weather, dodgy tyres and less than perfect brakes would only slow stopping times further.A study commissioned by Brake estimated that it takes an average of 1.5 seconds to spot a hazard and apply the brakes, more than double the figure of 0.67 seconds used in the Department for Transport’s book.The new study calculated that the stopping distance of a car travelling at 40 miles per hour is 51 metres, compared with the figure of 36 metres in the Highway Code.This is the equivalent of an extra 3.75 car lengths and Brake urged the Government to increase stopping distances in the book “as a matter of urgency”. The charity’s spokesman, Jason Wakeford, said: “These figures suggest stopping distances taught to new drivers in the Highway Code fall woefully short.”A true understanding of how long it takes to stop a car in an emergency is one of the most important lessons for new drivers.”Understanding true average thinking time reminds all drivers how far their car will travel before they begin to brake – as well as highlighting how any distraction in the car which extends this time, like using a mobile phone, could prove fatal.” Campaigners have warned that hte Highway Code underestimate drivers’ thinking timeCredit:PA
She telephoned the vet on Monday morning to find out how he was — and found that instead of a severe kidney problem, her animal had just had an abscess and was perfectly healthy. The Facebook advert – containing claims Ms Samuels says are untrue A woman was shocked to find her cat being sold on Facebook marketplace for £50 after taking him to the vets. Kelly Samuels, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, said she took her cat, Casper, to Vetsavers last Tuesday because she thought he had an abscess, and he was treated with antibiotics and painkillers.His condition worsened on Thursday, so she rushed him back, and he stayed overnight. On Friday morning, they still hadn’t removed the abscess which left the worried woman thinking he had a serious condition.She said she was convinced he had a kidney problem which would cause him to have a painful life and require expensive long-term treatment.Unable to afford the treatment, she gave him to her father, and said that if it was serious and causing him a lot of pain, putting him to sleep was an option. Ms Samuels claims the vet then told her father her pet “would need long term treatment for his kidney which would be a hefty cost and no guarantees it would work,” but offered for the animal to be signed over to the vet’s care so they could arrange for him to be looked after. Vetsavers Wisbech declined to comment, but said they have given the cat back to Ms Samuels.She confirmed this, and said she would be taking no legal action against the practice, telling The Telegraph: “They made the right decision and let him come home yesterday. I’m just happy to have him back so won’t be pursuing anything.” Ms Samuels told The Telegraph: “The vet said on the Friday that he would need lengthy treatment that would be of high cost, that’s why it was agreed for his care to be signed over because I couldn’t afford the hundreds of pounds, he was put up on a selling page two days later as a healthy cat.”The veterinary practice claimed the cat was healthy but that its owner had tried to get him put down instead of paying the bills — which she says is untrue and shared a receipt of her payments. The cat is now back at home Overjoyed, she asked to pay for her cat’s stay at the vets and asked if she could have him back, but they “wouldn’t budge.”A family friend then saw Casper being sold on Facebook marketplace for £50 and alerted Ms Samuels, who said: “I have three broken-hearted children here that loved that cat to the moon and back, one of them special needs that is having trouble understanding. He should be at home with his family in the surroundings he knows and loves.”She began a local Facebook campaign to get her cat returned, which received hundreds of likes and shares, and friends of the family said the cat was doted upon and well-loved. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. They must also minimise movement in and out of enclosures, clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and reduce any existing contamination by disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy spots. Show more The Food Standards Agency said bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.The prevention zone means keepers must ensure areas where birds are kept do not attract wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and feed and water their livestock in enclosed areas to discourage contact with wild birds. But the prevention zone does not mean that birds must be kept inside, and there are no plans for movement restrictions or culls at the moment.Prof Gibbens said: “Following the latest finding of bird flu in wild birds in Warwickshire, we are extending our action to help prevent the virus spreading to poultry and other domestic birds.”Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to meet enhanced biosecurity requirements and this is in your interests to do, to protect your birds from this highly infectious virus.”Keepers with more than 500 birds have to take extra measures including restricting access for non-essential people, changing clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and cleaning and disinfecting vehicles. A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across England as all farmers are told to cover ponds in netting to prevent infected birds landing.The move, announced by the Government’s chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens, means all poultry and bird keepers in England have to follow strict measures to protect their livestock from the disease.It comes as 13 dead wild birds were confirmed to have the virus in Warwickshire, following the discovery of the disease in wild birds in Dorset, where a total of 31 infected birds have now been identified.A local prevention zone was put in place in Dorset, which has now been extended to the whole of England.Testing of the birds in Warwickshire is ongoing but it is thought they had the H5N6 strain of the virus which has been circulating in wild populations in Europe in recent months, and which is deadly to birds.But officials said it was a different variant of H5N6 from the one which affected people in China last year, and the risk to public health was very low. Bird flu has been detected at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset, UKCredit: Finbarr Webster/REX/Shutterstock
Responding to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s suggestion it will take 10 years to tackle knife crime, he said: “Yes it is [too long], course, we don’t have 10 years. We don’t have 10 months. There needs to be immediate action. But where the Mayor is right is… some of the longer-term interventions; by definition, if you’re trying to take children away from a life of crime, trying to deal with the challenges they have in their lives, that will take time. That early intervention is also something that should happen.” Mr Javid told The Daily Telegraph last week that he was looking to strengthen police powers to stop and search suspects. He said: “With stop and search I want to make sure it is easier for police to be able to use it and reduce the bureaucracy around it. My aim is to make police officers much more confident in using stop and search.”Some senior officers from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) want a lowering of the level of suspicion an officer needs against a suspect to use the power. They want to scrap the requirement that “reasonable grounds” are needed before a person can be subjected to a search.But Home Office and Downing Street officials made clear yesterday there will be no blanket lifting of the requirement that police should have “reasonable grounds” for a stop and search of a suspect, a qualification introduced by Mr Javid’s predecessor Theresa May. Five hundred knives, 11 firearms and 50 offensive weapons were recovered during an Operation Sceptre week of action in LondonCredit:Met police/Met police Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick denied police have not lost control of knife crime in London.She said: “No we haven’t. It’s really challenging. We are doing everything we can to protect the young people, to divert them away from crime, of course to investigate the crimes when they’ve happened. To try and get everybody involved in the fight against knife crime.”Speaking of police cuts and its impact she said: “I think there must be some sort of link – online crime, child sexual exploitation, rape, various offences have either been going up, or the expectations on us have been going up. At the same time as officers going down, demand going up, emergency calls from the public going up – that is a very strained system.” He added: “I was brought up on a street in Bristol that one newspaper later described as the most dangerous street in Britain. I know what it’s like to live in an area that has lots of crime. Even when I was a youngster I helped get a friend out of a gang. I know what crime is like if you live in a community. I’ve come from there, I understand it. That’s my mission. My message, as a parent first of all, and I know from speaking to other parents just how important this issue is, I’m absolutely committed to this and I will do everything in my power to make a difference.” Sadiq Khan, London mayor, warned it could take 10 years to solve knife crimeCredit:BBZ The powers could also be extended to searching for acid, drones and laser pointers which are currently excluded and which senior officers want included.Police minister Nick Hurd told MPs yesterday the Government had no plans to change the requirement that reasonable grounds for suspicion are needed before a routine stop and search is carried out.”We are, however, working with the police to see how we can reduce bureaucracy and increase efficiency in the use of stop and search. The Home Secretary has been clear that that is something we are looking at, and that he will say more on this in due course,” he said.Mr Javid also admitted extra police were needed on the streets: “I think actually police numbers have to be an important part of the solution. Let’s not pretend that it’s not.“There has been a big increase in police funding in the last three years. There was a big increase last year. That said, I’m the first to admit, we need to take a fresh look at that and make sure that police – not just in London, but across the country – have the resources that they need.”Asked if that includes telling police officers to increase stop and search, he said: “I’m saying, if you’re a police officer, you should feel absolutely confident to use your powers of stop and search.” However, it is thought ministers will encourage police to extend use of section 60 powers where a senior officer can suspend the requirement in targeted areas or circumstances. Police also want the process to be speeded up without having to spend time logging stop and search forms. Of the fact that more than £400m has been assigned by the government to fix potholes, she said: “They have to make hard decisions. I think there is a good case for the police to have more resources. I know exactly how I would use extra resources to target violent criminals, to bring drug dealers to justice, to be more present on the street at the time when the schools and colleges are coming out.” “If the police think that there’s good reason that they may be carrying an offensive weapon, the police should be absolutely empowered to stop them. That’s what I want to see, that’s what the public wants to see.“I want the governments at all public agencies to look at it as a disease and say, ‘How do we eradicate this disease?’” Police should feel empowered to stop and search suspects irrespective of whether they are black, brown or white in efforts to combat the “disease” of knife crime, Sajid Javid said yesterday.The Home Secretary is expected to announce enhanced stop and search powers for police within the next few weeks following a surge in violence that has seen 199 deaths in London alone this year.Backing increased use of stop and search, he said: “I’m saying, if you’re a police officer, you should feel absolutely confident to use your powers of stop and search.”Despite complaints from critics that ethnic minorities are more likely to be stopped, he said: “If we want to stop offending in the first place, we should put ethnicity aside. It doesn’t matter if someone is black, or brown, or white or whatever they are. 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Mr Allard said: “All it would have taken was for them to call me and contact me as his employer and I could have confirmed that all day Wednesday and half the day Thursday, he was part of a three-man team installing fascia, soffit and guttering at a client’s home in Groombridge, Kent. “On Friday he spent most of the day running my daughter about because she damaged one of her toes and he was ferrying her to the doctor.”Mr Allard went on: “I discovered on Friday evening that he had been arrested. I got onto the police on Saturday evening, but I couldn’t get through to anybody.”There was was just somebody who said I’ll take notes and pass that message on. But they never did get back to me, there was no return contact.”Mr Allard accused the police of dropping the ball and said the couple would be “mentally destroyed” by their ordeal.He said: “I know Paul well, he’s worked for me for 17 years and this is going to hit him like a 10-tonne truck. Although there was a complete lack of evidence, the police ripped his house apart. I know this will mentally destroy him.” Show more Mr Gait and his wife Elaine have been released without charge Paul Gait arrives home But after two nights of questioning at Crawley Police station they were allowed home having been released without charge.It is understood the police acted after receiving a tip off that Mr Gait, who was a drone enthusiast and lives less than two miles from Gatwick’s perimeter, might be involved.The couple, who have two teenage children between them, were recovering at their smart detached home in Crawley last night and were being comforted by relatives. He went on: “Sussex Police have really dropped the ball on this. I have always supported the police and I like to think I always would but in this case I think they have really got it wrong.”The couple were arrested at around 10pm on Friday evening following three days of chaos at Gatwick, which threatened to wreck the Christmas travel plans of hundreds of thousands of people. Show more The couple’s release means the hunt now continues for those responsible for crippling Gatwick in the run up to the busiest time of the year.Sussex Police Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said: “Both people have fully cooperated with our enquiries and I am satisfied that they are no longer suspects in the drone incidents at Gatwick.“Our inquiry continues at a pace to locate those responsible for the drone incursions, and we continue to actively follow lines of investigation.” Police who arrested an innocent couple over the Gatwick drone attack were last night accused of conducting an “appalling” investigation, after it emerged they had repeatedly ignored evidence from a key witness.Paul Gait, 47, and his wife, Elaine Kirk, 54, were released without charge yesterday (Sun) after being questioned for 36 hours in connection with the disruption at Britain’s second busiest airport.But Mr Gait’s boss, who was with him when the drone attacks took place, said detectives had not even bothered to call him back when he offered to provide an alibi.John Allard, who runs the double glazing firm where former soldier, Mr Gait, has worked for 17-years, said the couple’s Christmas had been ruined by the police operation.The 68-year-old said he had been surprised not to hear from detectives after they arrested his employee and eventually took matters into his own hands by contacting them himself.But he said despite leaving his details nobody got back to him to discuss his alibi. Although he had a number of remote controlled aircrafts and helicopters, friends said he had no longer owned a drone. Ms Kirk’s brother, Mark, said the ordeal they had been through was “beyond words”.He said: “She’s not good. It’s beyond words what we’ve all been through. It’s just frightening, very frightening to go through an experience like this.”Speaking from their parents’ home in Crawley, he said he had no idea why the couple had fallen under suspicion.He said: “There is no reason, I haven’t got a clue. It’s literally fingers being pointed in the wrong direction. Unfortunately we have all suffered.”Mr Gait was a former gunner in the Royal Artillery who also worked as a security guard.He and Ms Kirk, who works in the Unilever sales department, married in 2013 and were described by locals in their quiet cul-de-sac as the “perfect neighbours”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The intelligence agency hopes the new advert will appeal to people who want to defend Britain and would enjoy working overseas submerged in other cultures, but who also would not be fazed by operating in close proximity to their targets.The Secret Intelligence Service – the official name for MI6 – plans to recruit an extra 800 staff by 2021 out of a current total of around 2,500, and hopes to increase the diversity of its workforce. Alex Younger, the head of MI6, has said he wants a more diverse workforce to be his legacy after he leaves the service. The swashbuckling image of spying portrayed by the James Bond films is seen by MI6 as a double-edged sword; exciting, and free publicity, but also somewhat dated, particularly regarding attitudes towards women.The advert has split opinion. Speaking to the Telegraph, Maria Elena, 25, said that posting on YouTube will reach younger audiences and is a fresh approach to recruit people, but some viewers may find that it “ridicules the jobs at MI6”.Simen Pedersen, 27, an MA student, said: “Young people are not watching TV in the same way as before and therefore I think it’s a clever idea.”I will be taking a look at the website,” he told the Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. What do you make of this advert? How does it make you feel and would you consider a career in MI6 after watching it? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here. MI6 has launched a new recruitment drive on Google and YouTube so as not to miss out on potential employees that might switch channels from a TV advert.Recognising that younger viewers are eschewing traditional means of consuming film and other media, the new advert attempts to reach its audience through alternative channels.The second advert in the ‘Secretly we’re just like you’ series was launched on YouTube and Google Play today.The spy agency has deliberately taken a risk with the content of the new advert. The opening shot is a close-up of a man’s sweating face with a knife visible, leading the viewer to think he may be undergoing torture.However, when the camera pulls back viewers see the man is actually in a barber’s chair enjoying a wet shave, whilst listening to the conversations going on around him.”We are intelligence officers, but we don’t do what you think,” the voiceover says. “It’s not finding the secret button for your ejector seat. It’s finding common ground with a stranger, anywhere, and gaining their trust. It’s reading people as well as you read the papers.””If that sounds familiar, it’s because you do it everyday,” the advert concludes, hoping to dispel some of the myths around the traditional ‘James Bond’ image.
Dan Carriere, Senior Vice-President, Corriente Resources says “recent comments on the Web attributed to former Ecuador Mines and Energy Minister Alberto Acosta (who is now a private citizen) have been recently and widely circulated in the mining investing community. I feel that the excerpts below from an Ecuadorian media interview which took place last week in Quito with the current Minister of Mining and Petroleum, Gallo Chiriboga, more accurately reflect the tone and content of the Ecuador Mining Ministry’s communications and discussions that we have had over the last two months.” Question – Is the purpose of mining reforms the nationalization of the mining sector? “The mining sector, the mines, the gas, all the resources that are under the land belong to the Ecuadorian state so there is no need to nationalize anything. The Constitution states that the resources already belong to the nation, what we have to do is to regulate the exploitation of the resources that are there.”Question – If the Ecuadorian mining potential is proved, would you lead the country into a mining exploitation phase? “I believe so. As long as this mining era is responsible, socially and environmentally, of course I would.”The Minister’s final comments at the end of the interview: “When I was the president for Petro Ecuador I demonstrated that one is able to manage a company of the dimensions of Petroecuador with good sense and I believe that I showed very good management. The country has recognized it and I think that with the theme of mining we are also following the same path and I say: Mining is possible to do, believe me we are going to do it and we are going to do it well.”